Now that all of the 5km crew are on route I have to start thinking about the fact I’m about to run a half marathon, and I need to get organized. As you’d expect from an event organized by the military the race expo area was very efficient. I was able to valet my warm-up gear at a tent that they called the “Sweat-check”. On my way to the start I was very happy to see CanHEAR runners Isabelle, Linda, and Andrea, all of whom were looking very calm and ready for 21.1km that awaited us.
Isabelle and I tried to make our way up to the “Coral” for runners who expected to finish in 2hrs or less, but unfortunately there were so many people already waiting to go that we couldn’t make our way through the crowd. This wasn’t a big deal as our race#’s contained an electronic chip that would keep our timing accurate as it tracked our time as we crossed the start/finish line.
A thunderous cannon announced the start of the run and it was a full five minutes before we started moving. This was fine as I hadn’t figured out what playlist I was going to listen to yet and spent that time fiddling with my iPod. A couple of minutes later we were making our way north towards Parliament with a massive crowd. A quick left took us west past the Parliament buildings and into some open road where you could start to move up through the crowd. The first section of the course was an “out and back” which was cool as you were able to see the lead runners absolutely flying back in the opposite direction. I spotted another CanHEAR shirt at about the 4km mark and realized that it was Francine who was venturing out for her first half marathon and still had a big smile on her face (a very good sign).
A bridge crossing into
took us through the first elevation changes with a couple of quick hills, but all in all it was a pretty forgiving section. Another bridge crossing had us heading back over to Gatineau Ontario
Linda making it look easy.
Cool shirt modification
Exactly how it's supposed to look!
While heading up
Shortly after, the rest of our CanHEAR runners made their way through the finish area. Everyone that I saw looked amazingly fresh, and reported to have enjoyed themselves on their way to this amazing accomplishment.
A truly amazing job by all of our 5km and half marathon finishers. Thanks to all of you for coming out and representing Phonak/CanHEAR Uganda at this exceptional event.